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Councillor calls for more stringent measures to contain Coronavirus spread

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Councillor Michael Cahill is calling on the Government to put more stringent measures in place to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Councillor Cahill said it is a big issue on all media platforms at present and many people are worried about the effect it could have on them and their families.

The former Chairman of the Southern Health Board said some may only see the financial implications of loss of business etc., but the majority will be worried about the health implications for themselves and their loved ones.

Councillor Cahill said many are asking why the Ireland v Italy rugby game was cancelled - while there was no restriction placed on travelling fans.

"What’s the difference in catching COVID-19 in the Aviva Stadium from catching it in Temple Bar?" he asked.
The Fianna Fáil Councillor said the advice that has been published from Government sources is to wash our hands continually.

"Does this go far enough and are there even adequate supplies of sanitary products available? We all have experienced the spread of harmful disease in the past most notably during the ‘Foot and Mouth’ crisis and strict measures were put in place to contain that disease and ensure it did not badly damage or finish the agricultural sector. Can the Government assure us now that COVID-19 does not require such measures?”

He said that he is not convinced that Ireland is being successful in the ‘Containment Stage’.

“I feel that we require much more stringent measures to ensure the safety of our people, particularly the elderly or anyone with underlying health issues. One of the largest business sectors in Ireland is tourism and by its nature it attracts millions of people from all over the world and is the lifeblood of thousands of families throughout the country.”
Councillor Cahill said the Government needs to be more proactive to successfully contain this outbreak, not reactive, and is calling on the Government to immediately put measures in place to protect our people.

"If this means cancelling all major events, including St Patrick's Day Parades, then so be it. For short term pain, there will be a long-term gain. This is a major public health issue in our lifetime and should be treated accordingly.”

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Soroptimists fundraising efforts not “hampered” by COVID

By Michelle Crean COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity. Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service. Along with family and friends […]

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By Michelle Crean

COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity.

Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service.

Along with family and friends they created Christmas hampers for the third year running and donated them to the ADAPT Centre in Tralee on Tuesday.

There, they presented them to Catherine Casey, who is the Manager of ADAPT Women’s Refuge Centre.

“It is wonderful to be in a position to donate these Christmas hampers to ADAPT once again this year,” Killarney Soroptimist Club President, Teresa Irwin, said.

“Due to COVID and not being able to hold normal club meetings we were unsure what we could manage. We are thrilled with the response since we decided to go ahead and amazed at the generosity and the number of hampers. We wish to thank all those that donated. Hopefully the residents of ADAPT will enjoy them.”

Catherine said that they were once again very grateful to all the members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club.

“We recognise that there is a lot of organising and work done by the Club President Teresa Irwin and all the members in collecting and putting the hampers together. It is heartwarming to see the support and generosity of the club. ADAPT Kerry and the Killarney Soroptimists have built a very good relationship over the last number of years and they have lead many campaigns to highlight our service in the Killarney area, including taking part in the ‘Safe Homes, Safe Communities’ initiatives. There is no doubt that their work raises awareness of our service and has contributed to many more women making contact with us for support by phone, through our outreach service and availing of refuge.”

If you would like to talk to ADAPT Kerry please ring 066 7129100 anytime.

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Time to get your Santa letters posted!

We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted! And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana. His elves […]

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We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted!

And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana.

His elves will collect the post every night at midnight and bring them straight to the North Pole.

After taking part in the magical parade in town on Saturday evening, Santa spoke to the Killarney Advertiser and said he is so excited to deliver the toys later this month.

“Season’s Greetings to everyone,” Santa said.

“I would like to remind all the boys and girls in Killarney and Kerry to write and post their letters to me as soon as possible. They can use the green post box on College St and my elves will collect the letters every night when everyone is asleep! I can’t wait to get in my sleigh and deliver all the fantastic presents on Christmas Eve. Remember, be good, the elves are watching!”

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